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Heavy Rain Possible Today in the Ozarks

Get out your rain boots and umbrellas. Heavy rain is headed for the Ozarks. KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more...

A flash flood watch continues until tomorrow morning in Southern and Central Missouri. North Central Arkansas is under a flash flood watch thru tomorrow afternoon, and a flood watch is in effect until tomorrow afternoon in Northwest Arkansas.John Gagan is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Springfield...

"We're expecting an area of rain to expand across the region this morning into this afternoon. This area of rain currently extends into the Texas Panhandle, through Central Oklahoma, Southeast Kansas and into Central Missouri. Now, with time today, this is going to slowly start to shift to the east and we're going to see rain with embedded thunderstorms off and on all day today across Southwest Missouri today. And it looks like this will persist into the early morning hoursof Friday before exiting by midday tomorrow. And it looks like we're going to look for widespread rainfall amounts of three to four inches with locally higher amounts possible embedded within this."

He says that much rain will lead to flooding across the region...

"We're looking for a flash flooding situation to develop especially by this afternoon and tonight, so folks who are out there driving around in areas of low water crossings, creeks and streams, need to be especially aware that we're going to see some flooding conditions."

The rain will move out tomorrow leaving cool temperatures behind...

"The next big story will be the cold Canadian airmass that's going to move into the region tomorrow with lingering rain showers early and then clouds for the rest of the day. It's probably going to be hard to get much warmer than the lower 50s tomorrow, and with a northwest wind around 5 to 10 mph, it'll be chilly."

Normal highs for this time of year are in the low 70s, so temperatures will be about 20 degrees below average, which Gagan calls “unusual.”